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Newton receives intramural award


June 17, 2009
When Indiana University Southeast freshman Chris Newton went to the intramural sports banquet at the end of the year, he thought he was just going to a cookout with the rest of the students who had played during the year. After getting there, he learned he had earned the honor of Male Athlete of the Year for the extracurricular program.

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Crawford County’s Chris Newton holds the hardware that he earned for becoming the Indiana University Southeast Male Athlete of the Year in intramural sports at the school.
"I had no idea," Newton, a graduate of Crawford County Junior-Senior High School, said recently. "After the intramural sports was over, I saw there was an awards banquet at the end. I had no idea what that was."

IUS has 12 activities that students can join in its intramural program, including: basketball, soccer, flag football, softball, wiffleball, dodge ball, volleyball, tennis, golf, PlayStation, cornhole and handball. The program gives students something to do in their off-time as well as a way to relieve the stress from their coursework. Newton participated in seven of the activities.

"The most competitive was five-on-five basketball," Newton said. "The whole time we played, we had our guys from Crawford (County) on the team mostly. Bobby Berry, Craig Adams, R.T. Elliott, Jesse Thurman, then we picked up some guys up there that we were good friends with. We added them to our team."

Newton said he had an idea something was up when he got a call from intramural director Perry Brown.

"He called me and said, 'I need to know how to spell your name,' " Newton said. "He didn't tell me why. He just told me to come Sunday to the awards banquet. The next thing I know, I've got that trophy."

"There's a Grenadier cup, is what they call it, and they get so many points for entering and get so many points for first, second and third," Newton said. "We had our own team and try to beat the fraternities."

Freshman Chelsey Smith of Mitchell was named Female Athlete of the Year.

Newton said it was the first time in the school's intramural program that two freshmen received the honor. An estimated 150 male and 50 female athletes took part in the program.

Newton is studying for a career in criminal justice.

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